Thursday, October 14, 2010
Doolittle About It
The pain in my head stays mainly in the brain. The pain, the pain, stays mainly in the brain.
Headaches Hardly Happen Here. However, Horrible Happenstance Helps this one Happen.
Heaven help her!
Okay, I was just having a wee bit of fun. I might as well, since I have no control whatsoever over when this respiratory infection will go away. Cease to exist! Aww, see how powerful I think I am.
IF there is anything to know about Eliza Doolittle, it is that she bloomed (into a proper lady) quite well. The point is, she bloomed. As authors we'd like to think we can do the same (into proper authors obviously). And while doing little about it will get us nowhere, Doolittle about it will absolutely take us many places or at lease it will make us realize what we are doing wrong.
1. Doolittle with your vowels, they should stand alone or at lease fit in.
A E I O U
Auuuewww, Eeeeew, Iow, Ohhh, Ewww
One of the mistakes I constantly make in typos is typing soembody instead of somebody or soemthing instead of something. Gosh it drievs me nuts! I cna't stnad it. LOL. BUT as an author I must Doolittle about it and fix the problem EVERY SINGLE TIME! I would hate to think "soembody" found its way into my query letter or manuscript! Proofread. Keep it constant.
2. Doolittle with your manuscript. Don't mind it at all...only
"Move your bloomin' (notice I said bloomin') arse."
See how nicely she put it! Edit. Make changes. Take note of (BAIC) "bloomin' arse" in chair. Make it bloom. Own it.
3. Doolittle to fool everyone. No point in putting on an act. Higgins might disagree. Never mind that though.
Make your characters worthwhile and believable. Pin point that dialogue. Show us things about your characters, don't tell us everything about them. Let us figure some of it out for ourselves. No point to tricking anyone after all that hard work! Be yourself in your writing---a good voice is the best kind to use in this instance, so use your own. You may find a few things on all this here.
4. Doolittle to disagree, until it is worth the time and effort.
No point in pulling your hair out over every word. No point in changing that sentence unless maybe the whole lot of your critique group despises it for the most brilliant reasons. Don't let anyone take a stroll all over your MS unless you are willing to wipe up the muddy footprints and ready for a possible BIG CHANGE. Leave all your reservations behind. Make good with what you have and aim for perfection but only if it fits.You have to, after all, live with what you have written. So here and here and here are a few things you could do to be sure your aim actually is set on perfection.
5. When there is absolutely nothing left to do there is always PiBoIdMo 2010! Doolittle about picture book ideas! Here's the link! Don't miss out!
Anyone else have a Doolittle moment? I'd really like to know what yours are.